Bill Text: TX HB1147 | 2019-2020 | 86th Legislature | Introduced


Bill Title: Relating to a requirement that the Railroad Commission of Texas require the installation and use of subsurface safety valves on oil and gas wells drilled in certain areas.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-02-26 - Referred to Energy Resources [HB1147 Detail]

Download: Texas-2019-HB1147-Introduced.html
  86R1337 JXC-F
 
  By: Lucio III H.B. No. 1147
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to a requirement that the Railroad Commission of Texas
  require the installation and use of subsurface safety valves on oil
  and gas wells drilled in certain areas.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter D, Chapter 91, Natural Resources
  Code, is amended by adding Section 91.1016 to read as follows:
         Sec. 91.1016.  SUBSURFACE SAFETY VALVES IN CERTAIN AREAS.
  (a) To prevent spills or releases of oil, gas, and related
  hydrocarbons, the commission by rule shall require the installation
  and use of subsurface safety valves in oil and gas wells drilled in:
               (1)  bays and estuaries;
               (2)  flood zones, particularly areas adjacent to rivers
  or other bodies of water; and
               (3)  areas subject to hurricanes or other catastrophic
  events.
         (b)  To determine whether a subsurface safety valve
  installed in an oil or gas well is working properly, the commission
  may inspect the valve or require the operator of the well to submit
  to the commission information about the valve.
         SECTION 2.  The change in law made by this Act applies only
  to an oil or gas well for which the application for the drilling
  permit is submitted to the Railroad Commission of Texas on or after
  the effective date of the rules adopted under Section 91.1016,
  Natural Resources Code, as added by this Act. A well for which the
  application for the drilling permit is submitted before the date
  the rules take effect is governed by the law in effect when the
  application is submitted, and that law is continued in effect for
  that purpose.
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2019.
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